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shaggy-dog storynoun [C]

uk   /ˌʃæɡ.iˈdɒɡ ˌstɔː.ri/  us   /ˌʃæɡ.iˈdɑːɡ ˌstɔːr.i/
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shaggy-dog storynoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃæɡ·i ˈdɔɡ ˌstɔr·i, ˌstoʊr·i/
a long story that is intended to be amusing and that has an intentionally silly or meaningless ending
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